It has come to the point where every time I watch a Chio’s School Road episode I find myself wondering if I was lucky enough to be taking the bus to school, or if I was actually missing out.
Japanese Original Episode Title: それぞれの道 / エルードちおちゃん
The girl’s upperclassman and aggressive butt-grabbing kabbadi player Kushitori has been reported missing by her family to Hosokawa. Manana and Chio find her practicing her kabbadi tackles on a rather creepy doll that looks like Chio that hangs from a tree and hanging out with an old homeless man. Chio, always wanting to avoid the spotlight, kicks Manana to the stage and Manana, finding herself across a full-blown horny Kushitori, has no hope but to direct her towards Chio, who’s hiding behind the bushes, informing Hosokawa of Kushitori’s location and trying to score brownies points with her. Kushitori, after hearing the heartwarming story of the homeless guy who used to be a corporate slave that molested girls in the train, she decides to polish her tackling move by adding some intense molestation moves to it. After having been grabbed by Kushitori, Chio’s directs her horny intentions towards Hosokawa who just arrived on the scene. What the hell.
On a different day, Chio, who has been playing something like Splinter Cell, meets Manana on a bridge and tries to surprise her by hanging herself from the bridge and ambushing her from behind. Of course, hanging from your fingers is not remotely as easy as it looks in video games; Chio gets exhausted and has to ask Mana for help. They mess up so bad that they end up screaming for help to a passerby, who seems very eager to report their inappropriate behavior to their school. Well done!
Umm…: I don’t really know how I feel about this episode. I’m not sure if the way Kushitori’s character is portrayed is very healthy for the audiences to look at. That whole ‘horny aggressive lesbian’ joke just seems very inappropriate to me, and yes, even though anyone whose sexuality is being suppressed probably has such mixed feelings, the way they were being illustrated in this episode was a bit disturbing. It also felt like it was kind of trivializing not just Kushitori’s sexuality but also the harassment she was inflicting on others. Not cool?
Long flashback: In continuation to the previous comment, that was a long, long flashback of Kushitori grabbing Hosokawa’s butt. I mean…
Best joke: Kushitori thinking she’s been training in the woods/mountains when actually she’s just staying in a homeless man’s tent in a neighborhood park. Nice one, even though you can kinda see it coming.
Themes & Trivia
Samoyed: A breed of large herding dog with a thick, white, double-layer coat. It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. These nomadic reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved. An alternate name for the breed, especially in Europe, is Bjelkier. THEY ARE REALLY CUTE SO DO LOOK THEM UP.
Kohai: Most otakus probably know what senpai means, but what about kohai? While senpai means an upperclassman, senior employee or other older person, kohai is the junior or lower person. The more you know.
We’ve seen better
A little bit too much fan service in this episode, at least for my humble taste.
How did you find this Chio’s School Road episode? Let us know in the comment section! And don’t forget to check the rest of the Summer 2018 anime reviews on MANGA.TOKYO and our previews for Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, and Episode 6.
NEXT TIME: Convenience Store Chio-chan / Chio-chan and the Duel / Remnants of That Day
Chio’s School Road
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast